‘rZr and Napoleon’ by Jonathan Pinnock

Story Title: ‘rZr and Napoleon’ by Jonathan Pinnock
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.)
Date Read: 26th November 2010
Briefly: Ever wondered what may happen if a politically motivated ‘graffiti god’ like Banksy took up a commission with a planet stomping corporation? Well, this story offers one, rather unique interpretation.
Afterthoughts: This is a wonderfully inventive story from Pinnock, and one which has a slight tinge of Edgar Allen Poe about it. I’ve always been sufficiently impressed by any creation that’s come from the pen of this short story writer, and this tale is no different. There’s a twist at the end that’s simply delicious, and it’s one that’s sure to bring a smirk to the glummest of faces.

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 3. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to head on over and read my ‘forethoughts’ post, and/or visit the the Bristol Short Story Prize website.

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